Some secrets demand betrayal.
'You're seventeen, and of age now, and therefore old enough to understand what I'm going to tell you,' my father said. 'This place doesn't exist. This spring dried a long time ago. So the stories tell, and so believe even those who know other stories of a spring in the fell that once provided water for the whole village. Remember. This spring doesn't exist.'
'I'll remember,' I told him, but didn't realise until later what kind of a promise I had made.’
With the lyricism of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, and the world building brilliance of Atwood, Emmi Itäranta’s effortless and poignant debut novel is a coming of age story full of emotional drama and wonderment.